Rep-Elect Tom Sullivan, Whose Son Died In Aurora, Will Co-Sponsor Red Flag Gun Bill

Tom Sullivan at the CPR studios on Wednesday Dec. 5 2018. Freshman lawmaker Tom Sullivan, whose son died in the Aurora theater shooting, will be the lead house sponsor of a red flag gun bill in the upcoming legislative session. Red flag measures allow judges to issue temporary orders to confiscate guns owned by people who are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others. Family, friends or members of law enforcement could make a request to a judge. "It saves lives. And that’s what this is all about, saving lives," Sullivan said. Sullivan’s election to the state House was part of a blue wave in Colorado. Now he’s leading a renewed effort for the legislation. A previous red flag bill died in the Republican-controlled state senate last session. Democrats reclaimed control of the governor’s office and both legislative houses in the November election. They’ve since said a new red flag bill is near the top of their agenda . Sullivan, who lives in Centennial, represents several of Denver’s southern suburbs. A top Democratic lawmaker, House Majority leader Alec Garnett of Denver, will co-sponsor the new bill. Garnett spearheaded the 2018 legislation. Sullivan said he doesn’t believe a red flag law would have stopped the shooting that killed his son and 11 others, although some people were aware of the shooter’s mental problems. Mass shootings are rare, he said, so the bill is more likely to prevent suicides. Firearms were involved in half of all suicides in Colorado […]

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